Updated: November 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm
A new residential building designed and constructed to serve the backstretch community at Belmont Park has now been completed, the New York Racing Association announced Monday. The building, which will provide space for 100 residents, is the second newly constructed residential building at the track in the last three years.
“The opening of this residence is yet another example of NYRA’s ongoing and unyielding commitment to the backstretch community,” said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay. “The level of investment made to transform existing residential spaces and design and construct new buildings is unprecedented in NYRA’s history and has resulted in positive change at all three NYRA tracks. I’d like to thank the members of the NYRA Board for supporting the most ambitious backstretch improvement plan of any racing organization in the country.”
NYRA launched a multi-year capital improvement campaign to modernize backstretch facilities at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack and, by the end of 2018, will have invested $21 million in both new construction and renovations to existing residential buildings. All 71 residential buildings at Belmont have been, or will be, completely or partially renovated by the end of 2019. NYRA expects to invest $11 million to continue improvements in 2019.